How to install Opera Web Browser in Ubuntu including flash,Java Plugins

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Opera is a web browser and internet suite developed by the Opera Software company. The browser handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying websites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds. Opera is offered free of charge for personal computers and mobile phones, but for other devices it must be paid for.

Features of Opera include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse gestures, and an integrated download manager. Its security features include built-in phishing and malware protection, strong encryption when browsing secure web sites, and the ability to easily delete private data such as HTTP cookies.

First download latest Opera .deb package from here

Once you downloaded the .deb file install this file using the following command

sudo dpkg -i opera_10.00.4585.gcc4.qt3_i386.deb

Install flash plugin using the following command

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

If you have problem with your videos follow this procedure

Open Opera

Click on Tools > Preferences >go To The advanced tab

Click on Downloads on the left side

find the one that says application/x-shockwave-flash

Click Edit at the bottom it says Use Plugin from the pull down menu

select the one that says: ‘Shockwave Flash -- /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.

so' if it doesn't work you can try a different one from the pull down menu

Click OK and exit

Install Java plugins using the following command

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin ubuntu-restricted-extras

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9 Responses

  1. Toor58 says:

    A better download for Ubuntu is the qt4 version, found here:

    With this version of Opera your fonts are better looking, and you can go to Tools>Appearances>Color Scheme, and select use system color scheme. This will theme opera to your ubuntu theme.

    Another good tip: install the gecko-mediaplayer. this installs gnome-mplayer, and you will have the best video playback. if flash and java are already installed on your system, opera will automatically find them.


  2. zoopster says:

    I would NOT install java6 in multiverse – instead, use openjdk and it’s icedtea plugins. Much better and OPEN.

    and why is opera not in ubuntu universe? Opera???

  3. karlzt says:

    who cares about opera?

  4. Tomato says:

    Who cares about Opera? At least anybody reading this thread, unless they’re just here to be an idiot.

  5. ben2talk says:

    You should use repositories and install through the package manager, rather than directly get the .deb file. I used this method and ended up with Opera complaining bitterly everytime I tried to open email, it had no root SSL certificates installed, so the security was basically entirely asking me to verify and accept every certificate!

  6. opera says:

    10x better than firefox.

  7. Dana says:

    Thanks for this “how-to”. I was able to install Opera and flash. Following the line command for Java plug-in, “sudo apt-get install sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin ubuntu-restricted-extras,” my terminal displays the Java disclosures and then it just sits there. I couldn’t go forward or backward. What should I do now? I can’t even get to my Synaptic Package Manager because the system is locked due to another process is currently running (Java plug-in.) Please help! (SOS, please)


  8. Dana says:

    I fixed the problem after a lot of tweaks.

  9. T-H says:


    I struggled to make Java work in Opera 11.51 under Ubuntu 11.04.

    Though pointing Opera to the Mozilla-plugin folder, as well as copying the content of that into the Opera/plugins folder, nothing worked.

    Eventually I learned that Opera does not support the IcedTea-plugin or any of the other commonly used Java-plugins.

    So… I installed JRE (through Synaptic), sun-java6-jre, and told Opera to look in the folder for the plugin (Opera => Settings => Preferences => Advanced => Content => Plugin options => Change path => Add => /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-

    Voila. Now everything that uses Java runs NQA…

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